“Trauma, Loss and Transcendence”

Event dedicated to the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino tragedy at UC Riverside

An accurate depiction of the city of San Bernardino. The city was recreated using XML data from OpenStreet Maps and a custom algorithm in a 3D package.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – “Trauma, Loss, and Transcendence,” an event that is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the tragic San Bernardino mass shooting, will be held at the Culver Center of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2 at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 2, 2015, a tragic mass shooting took place in San Bernardino, CA; killing 14 people, and injuring 22 others. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) determined the shooters were “homegrown violent extremists,” inspired by international terrorist organizations, although there is no evidence that they were part of a terrorist network.

“Trauma, Loss and Transcendence” is in honor of the victims and survivors of this tragic event, most of whom lived in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The event will present an immersive and interactive sound and video installation, and a concert featuring the world premiere of two pieces for soprano, percussion and live-electronics by Paulo C. Chagas, professor of music at UC Riverside, and Martin Jaroszewicz, scholar in residence at UCR. The two works address the grief, the trauma, and the loss of loved ones while proposing a path to transcend suffering.

“Art can recall memories of violence,” Chagas said as he alluded to another work of his, “The Refrigerator,” which is about his experience enduring torture as a 17-year-old political prisoner during the Brazilian military dictatorship. “Beyond just acknowledging the inhumane and degrading reality of torture, art reflects on the evolution as a human being and the path of commitment to human values – more than just a political action, the journey emerges as a movement of transcendence, an aspiration of elevation aiming to illuminate and overcome ignorance,” Chagas said.

Paulo C. Chagas

Paulo C. Chagas

“Trauma, Loss and Transcendence” represents the first outcome of Chagas’ and Jaroszewicz’s research in emerging technologies for interactive music and multimedia. The duo work to extend the possibilities of composition with digital arts.

Audience members will be invited to participate in real time with the performance by using their cellphones. “We will ask members of the audience to send tweets during my piece to a special account I created for the event. The content of each tweet will be mapped to sound parameters of the electronic sounds,” said Jaroszewicz.

Millions of tweets, postings, and messages on social media created a virtual collective consciousness about the mass shooting. The social media and media coverage becomes an artistic framework for the work, and a metaphor for music and art as the persistence of memories. The artists’ aim is to intimately connect people to the San Bernardino mass shooting, and illuminate the feelings and reactions that shape collective grief and compassion.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a discussion after each performance to allow audience members to ask questions, and make comments.

The program includes:

  • Martin Jaroszewicz and Paulo Chagas, “Trauma, Loss and Transcendence,” interactive video/sound installation
  • Martin Jaroszewicz, “City in the Sea,” for soprano, percussion, and live-electronics (world premiere).
  • Paulo C. Chagas, “Too Much Love”, (2016), for soprano, percussion, and live-electronics (world premiere).

For more biographies, and more information about the event, please go to: http://artsblock.ucr.edu/Performance/TraumaLossandTranscendence

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: mojgan.sherkat@ucr.edu
Twitter: mojgansherkat

Additional Contacts

Paulo C. Chagas
Tel: (951) 827-2939
E-mail: paulo.chagas@ucr.edu

Tyler Stallings
Tel: (951) 827-5191
E-mail: tyler.stallings@ucr.edu

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